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Starting Wholesale Website, How to Price Shipping?

by TimeIsFree / April 8, 2014 10:28 AM PDT

Hello, we are a small soap company in the US. Currently we have a retail website and also sell off of Etsy. We are moving in to wholesaling to boutiques and different shops, and are creating a wholesale website. We've hit a roadblock when it comes to shipping costs for our product. We have many different shapes and sizes of soaps, which makes it difficult to have a flat rate. Normally we would ship larger quantities in a USPS Large Flat Rate Box, however the different combinations of soaps people could order may not fit in to a Large Flat Rate. Should we integrate a shopping cart in to calculate shipping costs based on weight and customer's location? Any suggestions on how to handle pricing our shipping for wholesale? Thank you.

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There are tools out there
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2014 10:53 AM PDT
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by TimeIsFree / April 8, 2014 1:11 PM PDT

Hello Bob, it's actually just my husband and I who run our company and we use a build-your-own website. We do not have a web master (it's us!). Still grass roots and attempting to have low overhead in all possible areas. Thank you for the site suggestion, we will look in to it!


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Idea for price shipping
by sandysoil654 / January 1, 2015 1:40 PM PST

Instead of considering both the price and size of the product. You can consider only the price of the product. Also check the locality based which is nearest and farest.


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you might want to
by cmitchell23 / April 23, 2014 2:30 AM PDT

you might want to contact this company DS Logistics, they are a 3pl warehousing and distribution company also a fulfillment center for e commerces... they are really good in taking care of your orders and inventory by a flat rate depending on how much merchandise you sell and move monthly... thats the best option... hire them and you wont need to worry about having a warehouse to stock your merchandise or packaging or sipping your orders the website is

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Yes you need a shooping cart system
by SBSpirit / April 29, 2014 11:49 AM PDT

Hi, i had 2 ecommerce website and i will explain you what you need.

The first thing is you need a shopping cart system that manage delivery information, it means this system take the weight and size of your product and you configure how to price the delivery according a zip code.

I understand you do not have a webmaster and certainly you do not need someone full time, but believe me that you need one guy that configure the system and after that you can take care of it, add new products, category and all of that.

what is your url, to see what system are you using right now.

Small Business Spirit Website.

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Answer from Tom Smith.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 2, 2015 2:52 AM PST

However, considering the forum policies, I've edited out the link to his website.


"I have an online retail store [selling clothes, shoes and such]. I have found that using a flat rate of $8 for shipping on all products works best for my website."

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How to Price Shipping?
by startuppro101 / March 9, 2015 11:03 AM PDT

I suggest drop shipping services. find a price that suits your budget. Also find a drop shipper that works with companies that sells the same products.

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